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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
Last Seen
20 hours ago
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Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology and Dean of Graduate Studies at Stirling University, UK. Currently undertaking two long-term bridge-related research projects: the 'Sociology of Bridge' exploring partnership interactions and team dynamics of the game including gendered inequalities; and 'Bridge and Dementia', including a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018).

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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Guidelines for BBO Vugraph Commentators
I agree that voice is great. It's just not the same entertainment without it. The Roland/Bird duo is always fun to listen to. For me it's (C) so long as there's voice available.
2018 European Championships Results
Thanks, the team is very happy. Unfortunately my back is not so keen on having a sitting day job and a sitting hobby but thankfully it survived the week. Huge thanks to the directors for playing dummy whilst I paced about in the wings. Now at the end of this ...
2018 European Championships Results
Scotland's first outing to the Venice Cup - very chuffed
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
As others have mentioned, it is fairly common for large grant applications for research projects to include funding for a PhD studentship as part of the wider project. Recently in the UK it is also becoming more common for research councils (e.g. ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council or ...
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
Good points! I'll be in Orlando in September so maybe see you there Rick? Have not managed recent Nationals as European and Olympiad events have meant using up all my holidays - a shame that work gets in the way of bridge at times...
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
Thanks, and just to note that the prospective student doesn't need to be a bridge player, nor know anything about bridge (although some knowledge may be useful). I've already worked on several small-scale projects (mostly funded by EBED) with part-time postgraduates who knew nothing about bridge at all ...
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
Globally people are living longer and the crisis of the ageing population is that there are not enough carers to provide the support needed for older people. There is recent evidence (see for example, Prof Ian Philp's work) that the top seven things that enable people to live better ...
PhD Funding for the Sociology of Bridge
Thanks all. Will post advert soon, and do please help to advertise it, ideally to social science Masters departments. Exciting opportunity...
Results of Survey on Wellbeing and Bridge
Reliability: the questions measuring wellbeing and associated factors were drawn from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA), a large scale, high quality survey. Therefore we are confident that the responses to these questions in our survey are reliable i.e. measure the same thing, in the same way, every ...
Results of Survey on Wellbeing and Bridge
Very helpful thanks.

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